Paula has a background in environmental archaeology, holding a PhD from Edinburgh University and MSc from Sheffield University, in this subject. Her first degree was a general one, in geography with a science-based focus on archaeology, geology and environmental change. She also has over 10 years experience of working in the commercial field as a palaeoenvironmental consultant. Paula has worked for Archaeology Scotland since 2006 and has managed a range of projects including a 3 year project to facilitate sharing archaeological information called "From the Ground Up". This project was supported by the HLF, Historic Scotland and RCAHMS and developed our existing journal into a searchable, online journal. Paula was joint editor on Archaeology Scotland's journal, Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (DES), in 2007-8, and has been the editor since 2009. She manages all of the data from its initial receipt through to its transfer onto the Historic Environment Scotland (HES) public access database, CANMORE.
Paula has extensive knowledge of British archaeology and experience in environmental archaeology / landscape reconstruction. She has a particular interest in prehistory, human/landscape/environment interactions, tracking of changes and in their interpretation. Paula is experienced in all aspects of journal management. She has extensive experience in working with community groups and the wider archaeological community on the recording and reporting of all types of archaeological field work. Paula also has considerable experience in developing, working with, and managing digital databases; is knowledgeable in the use of Geographic Information Systems, statistical programmes and analytical software, the development and management of websites and their associated content management. Paula has experience of all aspects of project management, has the ability to manage team and cross-team working, and a flexible, adaptive and responsive approach. She is goal orientated and detail focused with ability to maintain strategic vision.